LA County Gives Crack Pipes To Homeless To Prevent Fentanyl Deaths

LA has an interesting response to the Fentanyl epidemic!

  • Los Angeles County has begun distributing pipes used for smoking crack, methamphetamine, and opioids to the homeless population, hoping to discourage them from overdosing by injecting themselves with fentanyl.
  • Fentanyl, which is laced in everything from weed to heroin and meth, was present in more than half of the nearly 1,500 overdose deaths of homeless people in 2020-21. In response, Los Angeles County this year increased its harm reduction budget from $5.4 million to $31.5 million.
  • The risk in fentanyl overdoses is that addicts inject typically their entire supply of the drug in one sitting; smoking a drug takes longer and lowers the chance of an overdose, supporters of the pipe program say.
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